By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tommy Pham has a new home following a late Thursday night deal. The outfielder has been traded to the San Diego Padres.
In exchange, the Tampa Bay Rays are acquiring outfielder Hunter Renfroe. The players involved in this deal are expected to take their physicals on Friday to make the deal official.
The Rays are also acquiring prospect Xavier Edwards. Prospect Jake Cronenworth is going back to the Padres.
Pham joins a logjam at the outfield position that already includes Trent Grisham – who was recently acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers – Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, and prospect Taylor Trammell, who is expected to be in the mix at some point during the 2020 season.
Renfroe on the other hand is expected to be in the Rays starting lineup with Austin Meadows and Kevin Kiermaier. He replaces Avisail Garcia, who is presently a free agent.
Pham is slated to make $8.6 million during the 2020 season, before being arbitration 3 eligible during the 2021 season. He will be a free agent before the 2022 season.
The small budget Rays clear more than $5 million by making this move, as Renfroe is slated to make $3.4 million. He will then be under their control for three additional seasons, before becoming a free agent before the 2024 season.
The 31-year-old Pham joins his third MLB team with this move. Before being traded to the Rays on July 31st, 2018, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 2019, he had a .273 batting average with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in 145 games. He also had 33 doubles and two triples, along with 77 runs, on 155 hits over 567 at-bats.
The 27-year-old Renfroe is joining his second MLB team. He spent his first four seasons with the Padres.
Renfroe had a .216 batting average with a career-best 33 home runs and 64 RBIs in 140 games. He also had 19 doubles and one triple, along with 64 runs, on 95 hits over 440 at-bats.